1. Fiesta Bowl Parade – December 27
Postcards from Arizona is the theme as an array of colorful floats, high-flying helium balloons, marching bands, and specialty and equestrian units perform along the 2-mile parade route. 11 a.m.Free; reserved seating available, $25. Central Avenue from just south of Bethany Home Road, south to Camelback Road, east to Seventh Street, south to Minnezona Avenue, Phoenix, fiestabowl.org, 480-350-0911.
2. Zoppè Italian Family Circus – December 26-January 4
Presented in Old World Italian tradition in an intimate 500-seat tent, this one-ring circus is propelled by a central story featuring acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Call for times. $15-$40. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
3. Frozen Holiday – December 1-January 4
Celebrating the movie Frozen, this gingerbread village features a 5-foot-tall sugar castle, ornate chocolate sled, frozen lake, igloo, train, Santa shop, handcrafted gingerbread houses and holiday lights. Daily. Free. Lobby of JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, 480-293-5000.
4. West Valley Symphony – December 22
Cal Stewart Kellogg conducts the orchestra in a holiday concert. 3 p.m. $25, adults; $15, children 17 and younger. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise, westvalleysymphony.org, 623-236-6781.
5. The Tomato Comedy – December 26-January 25
You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! takes a humorous look at a relationship that seems challenged from the start by powerful, opposing personalities. After trials and tribulations, they learn to navigate the conflicts that come with romance, money and children by embracing each other's differences, taking on parenting as a competitive sport and dropping out of couple's therapy. Call for times. $43-$53. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
6. CitySkate – Through February 3
Grab your mittens and glide a few laps as this outdoor ice rink returns to the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Call for times and ticket prices. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, cityskatephx.com, 602-772-3900.
7. The Night Before Christmas – December 10-28
This new production celebrates the season with stories, music and an amazing array of puppets. W-F (except Dec. 25), 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
8. Holidays at the Heard – December 26-31
Visitors enjoy music, dance and artist demonstrations. F-Sa, M-W, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org/holidays, 602-252-8840.
9. Desert Ice Skating Rink – Through February 1
The rink is frozen and ready for skaters, with "magical snowfalls" adding to the fun. Fire-pit tables with s'mores and blankets are available by reservation. Call for times and skating prices. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, scottsdaleprincess.com, 480-585-7374.
10. i.d.e.a. Museum – December 1-31
Interactive activities are a hallmark of this facility, which is designed to inspire children of all ages to experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination. Bugs in Art, through Jan. 25, is an innovative, interactive, kid-friendly celebration of insects. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.com, 480-644-2468.